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HTML 4 For Dummies, 5th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7645-8917-1
432 pages
May 2005
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Are you fascinated by the look and design of Web pages? Do you wish that you had the knowledge and skills to create a great looking Web site? Whether you’re an up-and-coming Web designer or just an enthusiastic hobbyist, you are probably using HTML, the standard authoring language for the Internet. HTML 4 For Dummies, now in its 5th edition, will show you the basics of working with this language as well as advanced skills for all-around knowledge.

HTML is used to create Web documents. As a standard issued by the World Wide Web Consortium, it is used by almost everyone to create and edit Web pages. HTML is capable of:

  • Creating a Web site
  • Inserting designs to a Web page
  • Running on both PCs and Macs

The new edition of HTML 4 For Dummies contains nearly 50% more content than its previous editions, and covers a wide range of material, including: Planning a Web site to avoid underperformance

  • Creating and viewing a Web page
  • Working with text, tables, lists, and links
  • Adding style to your page with images, colors, and fonts
  • Managing layout
  • Controlling positioning and appearance using CSS
  • Integrating scripts with HTML
  • Designing an eBay auction page
  • Helpful advices and tips, as well as warnings about pitfalls

Complete with a 6-page tear-out colored reference sheet, HTML 4 For Dummies is the most comprehensive HTML guide yet. Written by a computer expert and author of over 120 books, including the previous editions of the bestselling HTML 4 For Dummies, this straightforward, fun guide will aid you through making and editing beautiful Web pages.

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Introduction.

Part I: Getting To Know (X)HTML.

Chapter 1: The Least You Need to Know about HTML and the Web.

Chapter 2: Creating and Viewing a Web Page.

Chapter 3: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Page Performance.

Part II: Formatting Web Pages with (X)HTML.

Chapter 4: Creating (X)HTML Document Structure.

Chapter 5: Text and Lists.

Chapter 6: Linking to Online Resources.

Chapter 7: Finding and Using Images.

Part III: Taking Precise Control Over Web Pages.

Chapter 8: Introducing Cascading Style Sheets.

Chapter 9: Using Cascading Style Sheets.

Chapter 10: Getting Creative with Colors and Fonts.

Chapter 11: Using Tables for Stunning Pages.

Part IV: Integrating Scripts with HTML.

Chapter 12: Scripting Web Pages.

Chapter 13: The Nuts and Bolts of JavaScript.

Chapter 14: Working with Forms.

Chapter 15: Fun with Client-Side Scripts.

Part V: HTML Projects.

Chapter 16: The About Me Page.

Chapter 17: The eBay Auction Page.

Chapter 18: A Company Site.

Chapter 19: A Product Catalog.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Cool HTML Tools.

Chapter 21: Ten HTML Do’s and Don’ts.3

Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Exterminate Web Bugs.

Part VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Deprecated (X)HTML Elements and Attributes.

Appendix B: Shorthand and Aural CSS Properties.

Appendix C: Glossary.

Index.

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Ed Tittel is a full-time independent writer, trainer, and consultant who works out of his home in beautiful Austin, Texas. Ed has been writing for the trade press since 1986 and has worked on more than 130 books. In addition to this title, Ed has worked on more than 35 books for Wiley, including Networking Windows NT Server For Dummies, XML For Dummies, and Networking with NetWare For Dummies.
Ed is the technology editor at Certification magazine, writes the “Must Know News” twice-monthly newsletter for Cramsession.com, and also writes for a variety of Web sites and magazines. When he’s not busy doing all that work stuff, Ed likes to travel, shoot pool, spend time with his family (especially taking walks with young Gregory), and wrestle with his Labrador, Blackie.
You can contact Ed Tittel by e-mail at etittel@yahoo.com.

Mary Burmeister is an editor, project manager, and writer. She’s edited and project managed over 75 computer-related books. Mary has contributed material to several editions of HTML For Dummies and XML For Dummies in addition to project managing and editing them. Mary spends most of her time these days project managing, editing, and writing courses for Powered, Inc.

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URLs in HTML 4 For Dummies, 5th Edition

Chapter

Description

URL

1

FirstGov Web page

http://www.firstgov.gov

1

List of Web browsers at Yahoo!

http://dir.yahoo.com/Computers_and_Internet/Software/Internet/World_Wide_Web/Browsers

1

HTTP Transactions and You

http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/geektalk/97/06/index4a.html

1

Documents that describe HTML and XHTML

http://www.w3.org

1

HTML 4.01 Specification

http://www.w3.org/TR/html4

1

XHTML 2.0 Working Draft (7/4/2004)

http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD- xhtml2-20040722/

1

XHTML 1.1 Module-based XHTML Recommendation (5/31/2001):

http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/

1

XHTML 1.0 Recommendation (1/26/2000)

http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/

1

Unicode Code Charts

http://www.unicode.org/charts/

1

ISO 8859-1 (Latin 1) Character Set Overview

http://www.htmlhelp.com/reference/charset/

1

Greek Characters (Greek and Coptic)

http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U0370.pdf

1

Currency Symbols

http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U20A0.pdf

1

Miscellaneous Symbols

http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2600.pdf

1

Arrow Characters, Supplemental Arrows-A

http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U27F0.pdf

1

Arrow Characters, Supplemental Arrows-B

http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2900.pdf

1

Mathematical Characters

http://www.unicode.org/charts/ (search for math)

1

General Punctuation

http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2000.pdf

2

TextPad

http://www.textpad.com

2

Hello World Web page

http://www.io.com/~natanya/zog_letter.html

3

Citrixxperience.com

http://www.citrixxperience.com

3

Web Hosting for Under Ten Bucks

http://webmonkey.wired.com/webmonkey/02/01/index4a.html?tw=design

3

WS_FTP

http://www.ipswitch.com/Products/WS_FTP/

3

CuteFTP

http://www.globalscape.com/products/cuteftp/index.asp

3

Design Basics

http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/html/97/05/index2a.html

3

Site Redesign Tutorial

http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/design/site_building/tutorials/tutorial4.html

3

Jakob Nielsen’s Web site; resources and articles on creating accessible sites

http://useit.com

3

Web Pages That Suck

http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com

4

Dictionary of HTML META tags

http://vancouver-webpages.com/META/metatags.detail.html

5

None

 

6

World Wide Web Consortium

http://www.w3.org

7

Examine Graphic Channels and Space

http://builder.cnet.com/webbuilding/0-3883-8-4892140-1.html

7

Web Graphics Overview

http://webmonkey.wired.com/webmonkey/01/28/index1a.html

7

Optimizing Your Images

http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/99/15/index0a.html

7

Site Optimization Tutorial

http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/design/site_building/tutorials/tutorial2.html

7

W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#gl-provide-equivalents

7

Image Map Tutorial

http://webmonkey.wired.com/webmonkey/96/40/index2a.html

8

Validate Your Style Sheet

http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

8

General CSS Information and Status of CSS3

http://www.w3.org/style/css

8

Westciv's CSS2 reference on the Web

http://www.westciv.com/style_master/academy/css_tutorial/index.html

8

CSS Structure and Rules Tutorial

http://www.htmlhelp.com/reference/css/structure.html

8

W3C's Core Style Sheets

http://www.w3.org/StyleSheets/Core/

9

World’s Biggest CSS Geek

http://www.westciv.com/news/podguide.html

10

See how your browser displays certain colors

http://www.htmlhelp.com/reference/html40/values.html#color

10

Hexadecimal Color Chart

http://www.hypersolutions.org/pages/rgbhex.html

10

Hexadecimal Color Chart

http://www.colorschemer.com/online.html

10

Hexadecimal Color Chart

http://webmonkey.wired.com/webmonkey/reference/color_codes

10

RGB to Hexadecimal Converter

http://www.univox.com/home/support/rgb2hex.html

10

Hexadecimal System

http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/55830.html

10

Chapter 8, "The Shorthand Property" section of Webmonkey’s “Mulder’s Stylesheets Tutorial”

http://webmonkey.wired.com/webmonkey/98/15/index3a_page6.html?tw=authoring

11

The Web Standards Project

http://www.webstandards.org

12

Script File Samples

http://www.javascriptworld.com/scripts/chap16/ex6/index.html

12

Script File Samples

http://www.javascriptworld.com/scripts/script16.06.html

12

Gmail

http://www.gmail.com

13

Reserved words in JavaScript

http://www.javascripter.net/faq/reserved.htm

13

Document Object Model (DOM) Specification

http://www.w3.org/DOM

13

<None>

 

14

Good Forms

http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/99/30/index4a_page3.html

14

JavaScript and Forms

http://www.w3schools.com/js/default.asp

14

JavaScript and Forms

http://www.quirksmode.org/js/forms.html

14

JavaScript and Forms

http://webmonkey.wired.com/webmonkey/programming/javascript

14

Learn More about Form Validation!

http://www.4guysfromrolla.com/webtech/LearnMore/Validation.asp

14

CGI Programming 101: Learn CGI Today!

http://www.cgi101.com/book

14

CGI Scripts for Fun and Profit

http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/99/26/index4a.html

14

Matt's Script Archive

http://www.scriptarchive.com/nms.html

14

The CGI Resource Index

http://cgi.resourceindex.com

14

ScriptSearch

http://www.scriptsearch.com

14

rateGenius

http://www.rategenius.com

15

<None>

 

16

<None>

 

17

Andale

http://www.andale.com

18

Lorem Ipsum (Greeked Text)

http://www.lipsum.com

19

Yahoo! Merchant Solutions

http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/merchant

19

PayPal

http://www.paypal.com

20

CNET Shopper

http://www.shopper.com

20

PC Magazine

http://pcmag.shopping.com

20

Macromedia Dreamweaver MX/ HomeSite+

http://www.macromedia.com/software

20

TextWrangler

http://www.barebones.com/products/bbedit/threeway.shtml

20

BBEdit

http://www.barebones.com

20

Microsoft FrontPage 2003

http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage/

20

Adobe GoLive cs

http://www.adobe.com/products/golive

20

Photoshop Elements

http://www.adobe.com, select Products >Digital Imaging

20

Paint Shop Pro

http://www.jasc.com

20

Macromedia Fireworks

http://www.macromedia.com/software/fireworks

20

Download.com

http://www.download.com

20

Web Link Validator

http://www.download.com (search for Web Link Validator)

20

W3C Link Checker (downloadable version)

http://validator.w3.org/docs/checklink.html

20

W3C Link Checker (online version)

http://validator.w3.org/checklink

20

MOMspider Link Checker

http://ftp.ics.uci.edu/pub/websoft/MOMspider

20

W3C Validator

http://validator.w3.org

20

WS_FTP Pro FTP Client

http://www.ipswitch.com

20

Fetch FTP Client

http://fetchsoftworks.com

20

HTML-Kit

http://www.chami.com/html-kit

20

NetMechanic HTML Toolbox

http://www.netmechanic.com/maintain.htm

20

Easy HTML Construction Kit

http://www.hermetic.ch/html.htm

21

Using Lynx when testing Web pages

http://www.brainstormsandraves.com/articles/browsers/lynx

21

A humorous look at ghost sites

http://www.disobey.com/ghostsites/index.shtml

22

Doctor HTML spell-checking service

http://www2.imagiware.com/RxHTML

22

MOMspider

http://ftp.ics.uci.edu/pub/websoft/MOMspider

22

W3C Validator

http://validator.w3.org

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